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King and Queen.
Statues of King St. Stephen of Hungary and Queen Gizella in the castle of Veszpr幦.
King St. Stephen of Hungary was born as Vajk in ca. 975 and was baptized at the age of 10 by Adalbert of Prague receiving the baptismal name of Stephen. He became the leader of the Hungarians in 997 after the death of his father, G憴a, and beating another pretender, Kopp嫕y, the pagan warlord. Stephen was crowned king in 1000 thus becoming the first king of Hungary. He died in 1038 and was canonized in 1083.

He married Gizella of Bavaria daughter of Henry II the Wrangler in about 996. Since then, Veszpr幦 has been referred to as the city of queens. Veszpr幦 was the property of the queens, the cathedral was the crowning and burial place of the Hungarian queens. However, there is a popular belief that Gizella was buried in Passau, for which there isnt any evidence in any chronicles before the 15th century. The inscription on the Passau tomb says Gizella, queen of Hungary died in 1095 which means she should have lived about 115 years. That was practically impossible in the 11th century. The tombstone was fixed on the tomb in the 15th century (so the German chronicles take this false information from the tombstone). Under it, there is the original tombstone which does not claim that the lady in the tomb is a Hungarian Queen. Coroners can confirm that the bones in the tomb are from a lady who died at the age of 60-70. This lady is probably another Gizella, daughter of Henry III. - Sorry guys in Passau!

The statues in the picture stand near the cathedral of Veszpr幦 on the balustrade of the fort. Stephen is holding a sword (his sword is now kept in St. Vitus Cathedral of Prague) and Gizella is holding the model of the cathedral which she founded on the ruins of an ancient church (unfortunately, you cannot see it).

(Thank you for your advice, I cropped the image and reposted.)

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